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We went over to The Wild Rover for lunch today.  We got two of their $8 lunch specials and a Scotch egg just because.

The Scotch egg was tasty.  It had a very flavorful sausage exterior and a perfectly hard boiled egg in the center.   Loren got the sandwich of the day which was a roast beef and I went with the lunch sausage roll and clam chowder.

Everything was fresh and had good flavors.  The sausage roll had a crispy flaky crust and the whole lunch was $21.

The Wild Rover
13921 Lynmar Blvd
Tampa, FL
813-475-5995

Wild Rover Pub & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5

We visited Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Gardens this morning and then stopped at the Asticou Restaurant for lunch.  This was the best meal we had on our entire vacation.  We started off with a cup of the lobster stew which came with two popovers.

Lobster Stew

Popover

 

The popover recipe is the same one they use at the Jordan Pond Inn.  It was so light and fluffy and delicious.  They were piping hot when served with strawberry preserves and the steam just billows out when you cut into it.  The lobster stew was phenomenal.  I should have ordered a bowl of it instead of a cup.  Big chunks of lobster in a rich, creamy, buttery broth.  It was amazing.  Loren got a roast beef and boursin sandwich and a side salad and I went for the lobster roll.

Roast Beef

Side Salad

Lobster Roll

 

He said his sandwich was fresh and tasty.  The boursin cheese added a nice creaminess to the sandwich.  My lobster roll was perfect.  Big chunks of perfectly cooked and picked lobster meat and the roll were fresh and toasted.  It was so good.  There was no way I was passing up dessert here, so we got the blueberry pie.

Blueberry Pie

It had a nice crust with a tasty blueberry filling.  The ice cream was also rich and creamy.  Service was great, we sat out on the patio and had a beautiful view and the food was amazing.  Total bill was $61.

Asticou Restaurant
15 Peabody Drive
Northeast Harbor, ME
207-276-3344

Peabody's at the Asticou Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food5/5
Service5/5
Atmosphere5/5
Value5/5
5.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Maine, Seafood
  • Back up to Tarpon Springs today to have lunch at Johnny Grits.  The place was packed when we got there.  We made a conscious effort to try something different on the menu this time.  Loren got the roast beef sandwich with a side of fries.

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    Though the sandwich had good flavor, the roast beef wasn’t as tender as he’d have liked.  It was sliced thick, so even slicing it thinner may have helped.  I went for the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cole slaw and we shared a skillet of three cheese grits.

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    The chicken had a crunchy exterior and was tender and juicy in the middle.  The batter had a good flavor to it and fulfilled all my requirements for a yummy fried chicken dish.  The mashed potatoes were real, which is such a delight nowadays.  Too many restaurants use fake potatoes and the taste difference is enormous.  The grits were cheesy and perfectly cooked, though they did need a little extra salt.  It was a hearty down home kind of meal for $23.

    Johnny Grits
    857 E. Klosterman Rd
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    727-942-4748

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5

    Yummy Cuban


    The Nosh Cafe recently opened where the Central Park Deli was in Oldsmar.  They have a good sized sandwich menu and Loren went for a half Amore roast beef sandwich and chili combo.

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    He said it was ok.  The sandwich had roast beef, garlic mayo, tomato and red onion & topped with melted Provolone on Cuban bread. Nothing out of the ordinary about it.  I ordered the Cuban sandwich with a side of potato salad.

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    This is one of my new favorite sandwiches.  It was so good.  The meats on it had such a wonderful flavor.  The Cuban bread was perfectly pressed and everything about it just worked.  From the first bite to the last, I had happy taste buds.  Even Loren said it was tasty.   I liked the potato salad as well.  We’ll definitely be back.  Total bill with two drinks was $21.

    Nosh Cafe
    4058 Tampa Rd, Ste 4
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-891-0700

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Subs
  • Rainy Friday


    It was a dark and rainy evening in Sarasota, but lucky for us that meant there wasn’t a crowd at Yoder’s.  We’ve tried to eat here in the past, but the line was always too long so we’d just get some pie to go.  As much as I wanted to love the food here, it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

    We started off with some bread and clam chowder.

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    The bread was fresh and soft and the chowder was pretty good.  It could have used a little more seasoning, but it was thick and creamy.  For his entree, Loren chose the roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and okra.

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    We heard the he ladies at the table next to us comment on how that didn’t like the okra they got, but ours was ok.  He said the dish was very plain and needed more seasoning overall.  I ordered the fried chicken with a side of mac & cheese and corn cakes.

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    On Friday’s, they only have pan fried chicken which ended up being tough inside and the skin wasn’t very crispy.  It just wasn’t juicy at all.  The mac & cheese was very creamy and had a nice flavor to it.  I had asked about the corn cakes before I ordered them and the waiter said they were like pancakes with corn in them.  I still had a different picture in my mind until he brought them out with some maple syrup.  Unfortunately, they were a bit too dense.   The main reason we came here, though, was for the pie.

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    I got the blueberry and Loren got the butterscotch cream pie.  Getting there late in the day means there aren’t as many pie options available.  I wanted the blueberry cream pie they had the last time I was here, but it wasn’t on the  menu.  Second choice was the double crust blueberry pie, but the waiter brought the blueberry crumb as that was all they had.  I didn’t like the crumb topping.  Loren said he didn’t like the texture of his pie filling.  It was sort of grainy, but it did have a good butterscotch flavor to it.  I also got a slice of pineapple cream pie to bring home and I liked that one a lot better than the others.  Total bill with a drink was $50.

    Yoder’s Restaurant
    3434 Bahia Vista St
    Sarasota, FL
    (941) 955-7771

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Amish, Sarasota